Under the Umbrella at Sunset

En Route to Queenstown

We are heading to Queenstown soon, and really looking forward to it. We are informally poking around for places to live… and renting a house in the meantime. We found this cool spot — QueenstownChicChalet.com on the site that suggested here on the blog called BookABach.com. I’ve never heard this word “Bach” before in reference to a rental house/apartment… am I alone in this?

Daily Photo – Under the Umbrella at Sunset

We took this during our fun PhotoWalk in San Clemente. It’s a wonderful beach there – not too crowded, a perfect beach, and an idyllic pier.  Just throw in a few clouds, and we end up with a perfect sunset!

Every 100 feet or so, these thatched-roof umbrellas are spread out.  Composing with these and a wide-angle lens is kind of challenging, but fun.  I noticed that after I got a wide-angle lens that it opened up a whole new range of compositional complexities. Walking around a scene has to be done with a whole new perspective, since you are able to capture more than a human can see in a single viewing-cone.  But, the challenge is kind of fun to compensate for the lens and try to put together something that feels right.

HDR Photo

  • casusan

    ahhh….lovely scene – yes the ‘beach’ person in me would like to be there right now! Beautiful Trey! Glad you found some rentals – although I have never heard of ‘bach’ either!

  • Beautiful scene! You must have run fast to get closer to the water for your other posted image from this day. It looks like you were much closer in that shot, and not with much time between them!

  • Oh yeah i like this scene – i know I said I was a ‘city’ dude but maybe there’s some ‘beach’ in there too!

    I took this one in Tenerife earlier in the year when I was an HDR baby :-


    PS – I don’t know if you are aware but the dates at the top of your daily posts are appearing in weird characters. I noticed on my work PC the other day and figured it was playing up but it’s been appearing in my laptop too. Maybe a wee bug in there Trey.

  • Eden Brackstone

    Queenstown Chic Chalet is in Arthurs point, a good spot! Wether has been fantastic here for the last week or so, so it’s a great time to visit.

  • Eden Brackstone


    And yes, a fair few people get confused with the word ‘Batch’ – Not sure where it comes from, but I know its a term widely used by us kiwis.

  • Thanks!

    Andy – yeah – we are testing some chinese versions of the site too- and that is a little problem…!

  • Michele

    Bach is a kiwi-ism, as pointed out by Eden, but in the lower South Island a bach is called a crib. It’s an abbreviation of batchelor pad, but Kiwis can’t spell. ;.) It’s taken on a wider meaning to include holiday homes; introduced when Kiwi holiday homes were simpler affairs – shacks by beaches where Kiwi families holidayed over Summer.

    Pick up a book on colloquial Kiwi-speak in Queenstown, Trey!

  • Simon Morris

    Ahh, the good old Kiwi bach… we had our first ‘official’ summer holiday in Abel Tasman last year having moved to New Zealand in March 2009. After staying in a motel for a week, we’ve now decided ‘booking a bach’ is the way to go for unwinding, chilling out and just generally enjoying your family holiday… after all, children just love exploring new houses/homes.

  • Gail in Montana

    OK, Trey, now the beach person is coming out in me, too!! This is a very beautiful photo!!! I would love to be sitting there right now with casusan drinking some good white wine ;-)!! Interesting infor about what a bach is in the previous posts. Have fun in Queenstown. Thanks for posting a great photo!!!! 🙂

  • Thanks for checking out my pic Trey – the Cylon ladies were back at the hotel room awaiting for me to get back haha 😀

  • One word – BEAUTIFUL!

  • Trey,

    Thanks for posting this image of my home town. I grew up here and have recently moved back. If you find yourself back in San Clemente “Spanish Village by the Sea” let me know. It would be a pleasure to hook up with you and go shoot more of the iconic spots in San Clemente i.e. Tricky Dicky’s (President Nixon’s) old house.


  • Another fantastic shot Trey. I like how the clouds and the umbrella meet in the middle. I took a similar shot in Fiji this year:


  • VignotoPhoto

    Bach is just holiday home in New Zealand. Its in common usage here.

  • Hey Trey. I enjoyed that day! What a fun photo walk. Lots of good peeps! Here’s my pic from beside the same umbrella: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gregoryjordan/4312605217/

  • Jess James

    Michele – yes, abbreviation of bachelor — but bachelor isn’t spelled with a T 😉

  • What a beautiful scene! Great photography!

  • meg

    Yep, the good old Bach! Best places to stay! but as the others have said south of the Rangitata it is more strictly a “crib”. So get out your jandals, fill up your chilly bin and throw it in the boot of your car and have a great time! We’ll be flying in on the 7th too for two weeks in the deep south, we’re hoping to borrow a crib down in the Catlins, Curio Bay, best place ever!

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